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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: The Adaptation Trailer is Here

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I wouldn’t say that Gothic fiction is exactly my thing, but I needed a novel of this genre for October’s Cwts Book Club. I trawled through my TBR pile and came across Shirley Jackson’s, We Have Always Lived in the Castle. I flew through the book, loving the mystery behind why the two girls, and their uncle are living away from the rest of the world, in their “castle”.

Imagine my delight when only a couple of days after I had finished We Have Always Lived in the Castle, I saw a trailer for the film version, which is released this month, starring Taissa Farmiga, Alexandra Daddario, and Sebastian Stan . Having watched the trailer, I can honestly say that it appears to follow the book, word for word. I now can’t wait to watch the rest and see Merricat and Constance’s story on the big screen! Read More

Word of the Day – Vicissitude

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Vicissitude (noun)


A change of circumstances or fortune, typically one that is unwelcome or unpleasant.

Early 17th century (in the sense ‘alternation’): from French, or from Latin vicissitudo, from vicissim ‘by turns’, from vic- ‘turn, change’.

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Word of the Day – Peripatetic

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Peripatetic (adj)


Travelling from place to place, in particular working or based in various places for relatively short periods.

Late Middle English (denoting an Aristotelian philosopher): from Old French peripatetique, via Latin from Greek peripatētikos ‘walking up and down’, from the verb peripatein.

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Word of the Day – Anaphora

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Anaphora (noun)


(grammar) The use of a word referring back to a word used earlier in a text or conversation, to avoid repetition, for example the pronouns he, she, it, and they and the verb do in I like it and so do they.

(church) The part of the Eucharist which contains the consecration, anamnesis, and communion.

Late 16th century: anaphora (sense 1, via Latin from Greek, ‘repetition’, from ana- ‘back’ + pherein ‘to bear’; anaphora (sense 3) from late Greek.

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